About the ERIP partners

Ghent University, Belgium 


The University of Ghent is widely known to be one of the leading Belgian research institutions. The department of Industrial Management (faculty of Applied Sciences) has amongst its core competence areas the operational organization of companies based on Lean and Six Sigma (Lean Enterprise Research Center).  Research in this area is aimed at improving methods regarding production organization, design of manufacturing facilities and internal material handling. Upcoming/contemporary methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma are tested for their applicability in practice. Hence, we are one of the most industry-minded departments among all engineering departments at our university.
Other core research activities focus on Supply Chain Management and In-Plant Logistics. In synergy with the research in these areas, a regular (engineering) master programme is organized (Industrial Engineering and Operational Research), as well as a part-time advanced master programme for professional engineers. On top of that, services to companies are being provided in various forms (research projects such as ERIP, contract research, engineering master’s thesis, practical student assignments, in-company presentations).
Also, in its quest to support local companies, the department has founded the Lean Forum, gathering companies that have engaged into Lean Practice. The group meets regularly to exchange experiences and ideas on implementing Lean, as well as organizing company visits. A website (www.leaninstitute.be) serves the members to exchange information. This platform will be actively used within the ERIP project.

One North East, UK 


One North East was the Regional Development Agency set up in April 1999 to help the people of the North East create and sustain jobs, prosperity and a higher quality of life. The Agency was responsible to the people of the North East and to the Government at that time. The Agency was officially closed in March 2012, a result of a policy change by the UK government at that time.


SINTEF (Foundation for Scientific & Industrial Research), Norway 


The SINTEF Group is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Every year, SINTEF supports the development of 2000 or so Norwegian and overseas companies via our research and development activity.

 Newcastle University Business School, UK 


Newcastle University Business School has strong links with local, national and international companies as well as government agencies. We work alongside these organisations to develop the business leaders of tomorrow by designing bespoke training programmes to suit their specific needs. Our role is not simply that of a commercial enterprise. Rather, we exist to provide quality learning that is related to cutting edge research, industry and management practice. We translate this research, and our wide range of experience of working with management teams, into a learning experience that matches your expectations of a premier business school.


University of Applied Science Osnabruck, Lingen (UAS Lingen), Germany 


Academic study at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück is characterised by progression through study programmes which have been well organised in advance with small study groups of 35 students at the most, direct close contact with the professors and other teaching staff and intensive care of the students by departmental staff. As a rule, these very good study conditions guarantee successful completion of studies within the prescribed normal duration of studies of 6 semesters in the case of Bachelor programmes and a further 4 semesters in the case of Master programmes. Currently, more than 2.700 students are studying in a wide range of different degree programmes in the Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences.


Municipality of Ammerland, Germany 


The decisive factor in driving the continued development of the district is a strong economy. In Ammerland, we not only live in one of the most beautiful areas in Germany, but the district also offers excellent local conditions for trade and business.
Offering the appropriate availability of industrial and commercial areas to suit market needs shows the municipalities have done their homework well. In addition, favourable tax rates, good transport communications across and beyond the region, and the results-driven work of local government administrations are convincing arguments both for enterprises already located here and for those interested in relocating here.


N.V. NOM, Netherlands 


N.V. NOM is the Investment and Development Agency of the Northern Netherlands. NOM is the active promoter of economic developments, energy is one of the main topics. NOM participates in companies in the Dutch provinces Groningen, Friesland en Drenthe. It provides backing in investments, subsidies and the selection of locations, and initiates projects that enhance the competitive edge of regional trade and industry.


Hanseatic Parliament, Germany 


The Hanseatic Parliament is an association of representatives of business organizations and other institutions of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) in Northeastern Europe. Its' aim is to improve the situation of SME's in the Baltic Sea area. The goal of the Hanseatic Parliament of small- and medium-sized businesses is to help make Northeastern Europe an economic area of this kind and to orient this economic area especially to the concrete requirements of small- and medium-sized businesses and thus promote these businesses and the entire economic area as well as possible.

Swerea IVF AB, Sweden 


The research institute Swerea IVF provides advanced research and consultancy services in manufacturing industry's key working areas to quickly bring new technologies and new methods into practical application by our customers. We carry out work on behalf of public organisations and individual companies. Our main objective is to produce, develop and introduce new technology and new working methods across a range of sectors, with particular emphasis on product, process and production development. We also hold specialised expertise in the fields of material properties and applications for ceramics, as well as for polymers, textile materials, the natural environment and the work environment.

The central goal of ERIP was to create a transnational network of six Innovative Productivity Centres (IPCs) capable of designing, testing and refining a lean change management methodology adapted for use in SMEs across Europe. IPCs were established in the UK, Flanders, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Germany and were made up of industry SMEs and exemplars, regional government support agencies and academic institutions.